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Hull City chairman likens transfer window to poker game

7/8/2009
Hull chairman Paul Duffen has today claimed that he never doubted that new players would finally start to arrive at the KC Stadium this summer.

The Tigers eventually concluded their first signings of a highly exasperating pre-season in the transfer market as deals were agreed for Stoke’s Nigerian midfielder Seyi Olofinjana and rookie American forward Jozy Altidore.

Olofinjana, 29, joins for £3million on a four-year deal while Altidore, 19, signs on a season-long loan deal from Spanish side Villarreal. He spent last season playing for Spanish second division side Xerex.

After avoiding relegation from the Barclays Premier League last season by a narrow margin, Hull manager Phil Brown has been resolute in his aim of strengthening his squad this pre-season but has failed in his hunt for a number of key targets.

The new season starts with an away trip to Chelsea next weekend but Duffen insists there were no concerns.

He said: "There has never been any anxiety in the football club. I know what happens in transfer windows and last season 82 percent of transactions happened in the last five or six days.

"It is very difficult to do deals early. Phil and I have worked two summer transfer windows together and on both occasions we have secured all the talent we were seeking.

"We have been successful, as proven by the results we have had in those seasons, and I don't have any doubt that we will do the same again this year.

"I understand why fans of any club want things done immediately but the transfer window is the ultimate game of poker, you have got to keep calm and patient. This is an example that some of those things are starting to drop."

Duffen also revealed they have agreed a fee with Newcastle for defender Habib Beye and are now hoping to meet with the 31-year-old Senegalese international to discuss terms.
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